Microsoft has released an updated version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. If you’re already using the Windows 10 preview that launched earlier this month, you can update to build 9860 by opening the Update and Recovery settings, selecting Preview builds, and tapping the “Download now” button.

The update will also roll out to testers automatically if you don’t feel like rushing things along yourself.

You can also download the Windows 10 Technical Preview and install it from scratch by joining the Windows Insider Program.

windows 10 preview 2

So what’s new in the latest preview? Here are some of the highlights:

  • Action Center for viewing actionable notifications from apps and from the operating system
  • A new animation for switching between virtual desktops to make it more clear when you are switching
  • Support for moving apps from one monitor to another on multi-display setups by using the Win+Shift+<arrow> shortcut
  • Option to select “fast” or “slow” updates in the Update and Recovery settings so you can choose whether to install bleeding edge builds or wait until others have tested software a bit

Windows 10 won’t be officially ready to launch until 2015 and the latest build is still very much a work in progress. Only basic notifications are available in the Action Center, and Microsoft plans to add some polish to its user interface later.

w10 notifications

The company also acknowledges that build 9860 also makes it a bit tougher to join a WiFi network, some machines have problems with sleep and wake, and most importantly, sometimes the Microsoft Solitaire and Mahjong games don’t work.

Update: I’ve just installed the update on my aging Asus UL20A notebook, and while the previous build ran smoothly, the new build seems pretty iffy. When I type in the search box I can’t see any letters, and when the results slowly start to show up, there are all sorts of letters missing.

Update 2: As 80sRobot points out in the comments below, a Windows Update is already available to fix the broken text issues shown in the image below.

broken text

The N in Notifications is also missing in my Action Center, and many Windows apps and settings seem to have trouble displaying text in general. .

Proceed with caution.

via ZDNet and Blogging Windows

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4 replies on “Microsoft releases updated Windows 10 Technical Preview”

    1. That was available in the first preview.

      I suspect my search/text issues are related to a bad interaction between the software and my hardware. But I figured I’d share mt experiences, even though I doubt many other people are trying to run windows 10 on this notebook from 2009.

      1. my desktop computer is having the same missing-letters issue. amd athlon II x3, hd4850 w/microsoft drivers (amd drivers with hd4xxx cards and older wont allow any streaming from apps such as netflix). all worked fine before todays update.

      2. I had the same scrambled text issue (which affects the Search and Notification tools), but managed to fix it by installing an update that Microsoft apparently provided to address this. So go to Windows Update and manually check for this update.

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